Bringing Associations Together To Boost Performance


Meet the Team

John Peacock AM

Chief Executive Officer

John PeacockJohn is one of Australia’s most experienced advisors to associations and charities and is a thought leader for the associations sector. He is a regular presenter, both nationally and internationally, on matters essential to the governance and operations of associations, charities and other mutual bodies.

Since 2000, John has trained and consulted to hundreds of associations and charities, large and small, on strategic planning, governance, Board effectiveness, operations, restructuring, financial issues and external reviews.

His particular areas of specialisation are mergers of associations and developing association plans that can be translated into actions, budgets and job descriptions.

John’s work with associations was recognised in the 2021 Australia Day Honours List with his appointment as a Member (AM) of the Order of Australia (General Division) for significant service to the associations and not-for-profit sectors through a range of initiatives.

Fatima Sunderji

General Manager

In her role as General Manager, Fatima is responsible for overseeing a broad spectrum of activities for Associations Forum including partnerships and sponsorships, events, marketing, human resources, benchmarking projects, database and website development, member services and new projects.

Fatima was Associations Forum's first Manager when it was established in 2004 and oversaw membership, events and communications. She has also worked for Actuaries Institute and Primary English Teaching Association Australia and in the charity sector in Canada where she lived from 2011 to 2017.

Fatima holds a Bachelor of Social Science (majoring in Anthropology) from Macquarie University and a Graduate Certificate in Marketing.

Kelly Chan

Operations Manager

As Operations Manager, Kelly is involved in overseeing a broad spectrum of activities for Associations Forum including events, marketing, communications, human resources, database and website development, and member services.

Kelly holds a Bachelor of Socio-Legal Studies with a major in French Literature from the University of Sydney and a Bachelor of Music from the Australian Institute of Music. Kelly has worked in the not-for-profit sector for over 10 years with a focus on event and venue management, database maintenance, and member services. 

Lynn Liang

Finance & Administration Manager

As Finance & Administration Manager, Lynn is responsible for all business finances and accounting for Associations Forum. Her role includes the preparation of budgets, forecasts and financial statements.

Lynn holds a Master of Professional Accounting from the University of New South Wales and is a Member of CPA Australia. She has previously worked as a Senior FP&A Finance Analyst at Whirlpool Corporation and as an Accounts Assistant at Abound Land Student Service and Migration Centre.

Kathy Nguyen

Manager - Client Services 

Kathy Nguyen

Kathy works on consulting projects for Associations Forum clients, both nationally and in the Asia-Pacific, on association structure, operations and governance. She has reviewed hundreds of constitutions, and regularly presents to organisations on membership, governance and events.

Kathy commenced at Associations Forum in 2004, leaving in 2010 to work at Governance Institute of Australia until 2013. She has also worked at Ernst & Young, the Trade Association Forum in London and for the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. Kathy holds Bachelors of Laws & Business.

Denys Correll

Manager – Client Services

Denys Correll

Based in Melbourne, Denys consults to Associations Forum clients on governance, constitutional reviews, Board processes and strategic planning. He also regularly presents to associations on governance, restructures, management and Board processes.

Denys has had an extensive career in not-for-profit governance, management and lobbying in Australia and overseas. He spent ten years as the Executive Director of the International Council on Social Welfare and has also held senior management positions in a range of health and ageing related organisations. He also served for 16 years as a volunteer director of Multiple Sclerosis Victoria and Multiple Sclerosis Australia.

Adrian Hart

Manager - Client Services

Kathy Nguyen

Adrian is based in Brisbane and provides client services for Associations Forum in the areas of governance & strategy, change management, member acquisition, media relations, policy development & lobbying, and member benefit programs.

Adrian has over 30 years' experience leading peak industry associations, including 26 years at Master Plumbers' Association of Queensland, mostly as Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer. As Chief Executive Officer of Swimming Pool & Spa Association of Queensland, he was instrumental in the merger of SPASA QLD, NSW and SA with the national body, SPASA Australia.

Anshul Aggarwal FGIA FCG

Manager - Client Services

Anshul is a Chartered Secretary and Governance Professional and provides client services for Associations Forum in governance and allied areas.

Anshul has a long-standing experience in the company secretary domain spanning more than 15 years. Majority of Anshul's company secretarial experience has been with a large natural gas production and distribution group listed on both London and Indian stock exchanges. She has rich experience in dealing with boardroom dynamics, corporate reporting, preparation of governance documents and handling governance matters.

Anshul is a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia (GIA) and Corporate Governance Institute UK. She has a background in law and holds a Master of Business Administration qualification.

Stephen Patterson FCPA, FGIA, GAICD

Manager - Client Services


Stephen has significant government, not-for-profit and association membership experience working as the Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary for Australian Hearing Services (AHS) and Australian Medical Association (AMA) NSW.

During his time at AHS Stephen was instrumental in transforming this loss-making government operation into a strong and viable commercial organisation and was awarded CFO of the Year (Government). In addition he successfully managed the 3rd largest hearing aid tender and contract in the world as well as growing and upgrading the hearing centre distribution network to more than 100 permanent sites and 200 visiting sites throughout Australia.

More recently he worked as CFO and Company Secretary for AMA (NSW) providing crucial finance, secretarial and governance advice to our leading doctors and surgeons who were on the Board and the Audit and Risk Committee.

Both these roles have involved important timely and accurate Board reporting, critical tender and contract management projects along with key deliverables to government including significant interaction and strategy discussions with Health and Human services as well Finance and Treasury departments.

Stephen has a Bachelor of Commerce, is a fellow of CPA Australia, a fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia and a full graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. 

John Pender

Manager - Client Services


John Pender is Manager Client Services at Associations Forum. For seven recent years, he was Executive Director of the Australian Press Council, which sets standards and deals with complaints about newspapers and associated digital media. Before this role, John was a practising in-house lawyer when Company Secretary and Senior Legal Counsel at Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and Secretary of the Global Network of Director Institutes.

Previously he was a barrister at the NSW Bar and was a solicitor at Norton Rose Fulbright. John served on the NSW Committee of Australian Corporate Lawyers Association, is a Fellow of the Institute of Managers and Leaders and has a BA and LLB from University of New South Wales.


Catherine Officer

Consultant Lawyer

Catherine Officer is a practising solicitor and governance consultant, with more than 20 years' experience. Catherine has held senior management positions at organisations including the Australian Securities Exchange and Macquarie Group, advising Boards and executives on legal and regulatory matters affecting Australian financial markets, compliance and risk management.

She is a consultant to a wide range of organisations providing legal, governance and compliance advice to entities including government bodies, charities and not-for-profit companies. Catherine holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Melbourne, is a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia and a notary public.

Catherine supports the governance work undertaken by Associations Forum as a qualified lawyer.

Keith Roberts

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Keith is a Chartered Secretary and provides consulting services to, and runs workshops for, Associations Forum in the areas of governance and restructures. He has practical experience in introducing a range of governance measures to Boards, including processes on reporting, integrity, conflict of interest management, Board selection and performance.

Keith was Chief Executive and Company Secretary of the Epilepsy Association for almost 14 years where he was involved with three restructurings of the Board and constitution. He has also participated on the Boards of two industry associations.

Alexandra Petrova

Membership Officer

Alexandra's role involves building and maintaining relationships with both new and existing members, as well as assisting with Associations Forum’s member recruitment strategy.

Alexandra holds a Bachelor of Business Administration and Management and a Bachelor of Tourism Management from Rey Juan Carlos University of Madrid, Spain. Alexandra has lived on three continents, providing her with a strong ability to work in a diverse and flexible environment.

Doréen Henning-Fagan

Membership Officer


Doreen's role as a Membership Officer involves building and maintaining relationships with both new and existing members, as well as assisting with Associations Forum’s member recruitment strategy.

Doreen holds a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration from the University of Bayreuth, Germany. Doreen has worked both in Australia and Germany in administrative and customer service roles.


Angela Chhour

Administration and Finance Officer

As Associations Forum’s Administrative and Finance Officer, Angela assists with finances and database management and is responsible for office administration and processing all event registrations.

Angela holds a Bachelors of Commerce majoring in Accounting from Australian Catholic University.

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